Chignecto-Central Board Member, Gordon Anderson, named school board member of the year

Media Release: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

At its Annual General Meeting and Conference this past weekend in Truro, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association (NSSBA), named Gordon Anderson the winner of the Montgomery Award for his outstanding work as an elected member and commitment to public education. 

“It has been my great pleasure to work with Gordon Anderson for the past 17 years, in his capacity as Board member of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB),” said Trudy Thompson, CCRSB Chair. “Gordon always takes a student-centered approach in his decision making, and brings fairness and compassion to all his discussions. A team player, he works tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve the goals of CCRSB.”

Gordon currently serves as Vice-Chair of CCRSB’s Operational Services Committee, is past vice-president of the NSSBA, is CCRSB’s past representative on the NSSBA Board of Directors and was chair of the NSSBA AGM and Conference Planning Committee. A school board veteran with 17 years of experience, he is a dedicated voice of reason around the school board table; and keeps students – and what is best for them – at the heart of every decision he makes.

Humbled by his nomination and selection as winner of the Hector Montgomery Award, Gordon accepted the award with great humility at a special awards ceremony on May 29th. His focus remains students and what is best for them. “Today’s students are under more pressure than any of us could ever know,” he says. “Anything that I can do to make a difference in their lives is worth it.”

The Montgomery Award, named after Hector Montgomery, the founder of the NSSBA, has also been known as the "School board member of the year" award. It is presented each year to a board member that stands out for their dedication and service to the association. An independent panel reviews the nominations from school boards across the province and selects the recipient based on specific criteria.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is comprised of 17 board members and 2,700 staff all striving to develop independent, lifelong learners in a student-centered environment, with high expectations for all. CCRSB serves over 20,000 students from Primary to Grade 12, throughout the counties of East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou.

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For more information, contact:  
Debbie Buott-Matheson, Communications Manager 
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board 
Office: 902-897-8911
buottmathesond@ccrsb.ca